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5.0 out of 5 stars In the same tradition as Anton Chekhov or L.N. Tolstoi, 23 Jun. 2004
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HORAK (Zug, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dreams of Chang and Other Stories, The (Paperback)
In Ivan Bunin's collection of nine short stories, the reader gets acquainted with various human destinies which resemble the violent storms of inland Russia. There are the two unnamed passengers who meet again after 23 years on a steamer, one of them being terminally ill. There's Ermil, a poor soul easily scared living in an isolated isba, who kills Makhor, a villager, out of fear. And Ilia Kapitonov, lost in a foggy night, who can't help seing his son dying of exhaustion. There is Voieikov spending his last day on the farm he was compelled to sell because of bankruptcy. And who will help old and diseased Averki return back home to die in peace? Then there is Arsenitch, returning every winter to an old inn where he once was a maître d'hôtel and met a stunningly beautiful courtesan, Adele. Boroda, Fedia and Kiriousha all enjoy an immense glory in spite of being half-crazy, incompetent cretins! As Adam Sokolovitch claims that the urge to kill is deeply rooted in every human mind, the reader soon discovers how earnestly these words have to be taken. There is Ardei, always worried, although, as he states, "For Heaven's sake, nothing has ever happened to me." And finally one narrator, staring into the night, admiring the "silent stars" and wondering why his mind is perpetually anguished and tormented - in the end coming to the conclusion that it must be due to one's lifelong struggle against death.
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Dreams of Chang and Other Stories, The by Ivan Bunin (Paperback - 31 July 2002)
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